The advantage of having Teresa represent you in buying a home is that you will have a Professional working to find and secure the perfect home for you exactly when you need it. It is nearly impossible to find a home that meets your needs, get a contract negotiated, and close the transaction without an experienced consultant. Teresa has vast internet networks to make sure you only tour homes that meet your specific needs. When you tour homes with Teresa, you will already know that the homes meet your criteria for bedrooms, bathrooms, garage space, square footage, neighborhood, etc. Also, Teresa will ensure you are looking at homes that are in the price range YOU desire.
Teresa has devoted her time to perfecting a career in real estate service. Continuous education, market research, and vast experience are combined with an excellent team of real estate professionals to find you the perfect home quickly. Teresa will take care of all the hassles of every day real estate transactions for you. She lets you concentrate on your full-time job, while she does hers. Teresa will guide you through the home buying process and exclusively represent your interests as she helps you find a home, present your contract offer, negotiate, and close!
Tips for finding the right neighborhood:
The neighborhood you choose can have a big impact on your lifestyle—safety, available amenities, and convenience all play their part.
Make a list of the activities—movies, health club, church—you engage in regularly and stores you visit frequently. See how far you would have to travel from each neighborhood you’re considering to engaging in your most common activities.
Check out the school district. The Department of Education in your town can probably provide information on test scores, class size, percentage of students who attend college, and special enrichment programs. If you have school-age children, also consider paying a visit to schools in the neighborhoods you’re considering. Even if you don’t have children, a house in a good school district will be easier to sell in the future.
Find out if the neighborhood is safe. Ask the police department for neighborhood crime statistics. Consider not only the number of crimes but also the type—burglaries, armed robberies—and the trend of increasing or decreasing crime. Also, is crime centered in only one part of the neighborhood, such as near a retail area?
Determine if the neighborhood is economically stable. Check with your local city economic development office to see if income and property values in the neighborhood are stable or rising. What is the percentage of homes to apartments? Apartments don’t necessarily diminish value, but they do mean a more transient population. Do you see vacant businesses or homes that have been for sale for months?
See if you’ll make money. Ask Teresa for the local appreciation trends in the area. Although past performance is no guarantee of future results, this information may give you a sense of how good an investment your home will be. Teresa may also be able to tell you about planned developments or other changes in the neighborhood—like a new school or highway—that might affect value.
See for yourself. Once you’ve narrowed your focus to two or three neighborhoods, go there, and walk around. Are homes tidy and well maintained? Are streets quiet? Pick a warm day if you can and chat with people working or playing outside. Are they friendly? Are their children to play with your family?